2nd December 2011
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum” 22
2:17 PM — The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
30th November 2011
US student given 90 days in juvenile detention for attacking gay classmate 12
4:34 PM — A 15-year-old Ohio student has been sentenced to a month and half in a juvenile detention centre after he was videotaped attacking a gay classmate. Levi Sever was also ordered to undergo counselling.
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
Glasgow man jailed for online child abuse after posing as bisexual girl
11:50 AM — Barry McCluskey, a former nurse, has been jailed for six years after posing as a gay or bisexual teenage girl to abuse 49 young people online over the course of three years.
Scottish Roman Catholic leader to speak for new gay marriage opposition group 101
10:46 AM — The leader of the Catholic church in Scotland is speaking today at the Edinburgh launch of a new coalition which opposes the introduction of equal marriage rights.
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.
29th November 2011
Gay softball league settles out of court with bisexual players 5
10:20 AM — Three men on a team disqualified from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series because it was thought to have too many straight players have been paid an undisclosed sum by the organisers.
28th November 2011
UK report: Homophobia in prisons is endemic, but often unreported or ignored 15
2:22 PM — A new report claims that while homophobia is widespread in the UK prison system, anti-gay assaults often go unreported or ignored by authorities.
Police appeal after homophobic attack in Edinburgh 8
12:21 PM — Scottish police are appealing for witnesses after a gay man'a jaw was broken in Edinburgh city centre last night. The attack happened in the early hours of yesterday morning on Waverley Bridge.
25th November 2011
Vancouver man, 79, was stabbed 130 times for killer’s “fear of homosexuals” 22
1:15 PM — In Canada, the killer of an elderly man has admitted stabbing his victim 130 times in 2004, saying the man propositioned him while he was high on cocaine, and he "lost it".
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia 21
11:58 AM — The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
Californian man arrested in connection with gay rape charge
11:07 AM — Detectives say the suspect had often been seen hanging around the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Centre and a nearby coffee house in San Jose.
23rd November 2011
Gay man comes out to deny moorland camper van sex assault
1:04 PM — Defendant says he believes younger man consented to a sexual act after drinking heavily, and described "a kind of release" in being obliged to come out.
Outcry prompts St Petersburg legislature to reconsider “gay propaganda” law 20
12:04 PM — Law which passed its first reading with near unanimity this week will be reconsidered after international condemnation.
Denmark set to introduce gay religious wedding ceremonies “in spring 2012″ 33
11:35 AM — The Lutheran Church, Denmark's state church and most popular religious denomination, should be able to hold full gay wedding ceremonies next year under new proposals.
US lesbian couple “unsure whether to file complaint” over refused wedding cake 75
10:16 AM — Christian baker "politely refused" to make cake for lesbian couple, and said it was not intended to "discriminate against them", but to protect her because she will "answer to God" for her actions.